Las Vegas and the world’s preferred gambling destinations have long been famous for their casinos and perhaps equally famous for their share of attempted casino heists. Films like “Ocean’s Eleven” and “21” like to glamorize the idea of taking the house, but in reality, it is something quite different.
Unlike the movies, real world casino heists don’t just see cops and robbers, but involve big risks and grave consequences. Over the years, those that have been brave enough to pull off such scores have made the news headlines. From outsmarting pit bosses and performing successful getaways to ingenious Roulette schemes with fancy gadgets, many have devised various methods to get their hands on those coveted gambling dollars in other ways besides playing card games.
Besides the Aggressive and Big Con approaches, you can also carry out the casino heist with a 'Sneaky & Silent' approach. This guide will help you prepare for this approach, showing you all the crew members that you need to hire, the prep missions that are necessary and the heist finale walkthrough itself. The 4 Most Daring Casino Heists of All Time Family Business, Stardust Las Vegas – Royal Hopper was a security guard employed at Stardust who in 1991 pulled off a heist right out of a Hollywood film. GTA Online The Diamond Casino Heist Vault Keycards (Prison) Prep Mission (The Silent Approach). The Diamond Casino Heist is a content update for Grand Theft Auto Online, released on December 12th, 2019. 1 Description 2 Content 2.1 The Diamond Casino Heist 2.2 Properties 2.3 Jobs 2.4 Characters added to GTA Online in this update 2.5 Character Customization 2.6 Collectibles 2.7 Weapons 2.8 Vehicles 2.9 Radio 3 Changes 4 Discounts & Bonuses 5 Gallery 5.1 Official Screenshots 5.2 GIFs 5.3.
Although the stacks of casino chips at the Blackjack or Craps tables, high stakes pots in elite Poker rooms or millions stored in the casino vaults might seem tempting to grab, getting the loot is not as easy as you might think. It takes a combination of bravery, smarts and in some cases flat out stupidity, because with today’s casino surveillance you’ll be extremely lucky if you don’t get caught with your hand in the casino’s “cookie jar”.
We are here to say that crime does not (always) pay, nevertheless it can make for a cool crime story. CoolCat Casino is looking at the greatest heists in casino history!
The tale of the vanishing chips
In the early morning hours on 22 September 1992 in Las Vegas, an employee of the Stardust Hotel and Casino calmly walked out of the gambling establishment with over $500,000 in cash and chips.
The man responsible, Bill Brennan, had been an employee at the casino for nearly four years before this fateful morning. No one suspected that he would choose to simply walk out of the casino door with half a million dollars of real money.
The reason this story has become legendary among Vegas casinos is that Brennan managed to disappear into thin air. Usually, in the real world, the culprits are caught. It is only in the movies that you see such capers go unspoiled. Brennan, who was a Stardust sportsbook cashier, didn’t even threaten anyone with violence or use a weapon, he simply evaded casino surveillance, took the money and walked out the employee exit.
Lt. Joe Greenwood, who investigated the case over 25 years ago, says that Brennan scored $507,361 in cash and chips from the Stardust, and no trace of him has been found to this day.
Former sports book manager at the Stardust, Richard Saber, who knew Brennan, says that the Brennan was a loner who didn’t talk much. He lived in a small apartment with his cat. By the time police rushed his home, Brennan and the cat were long gone.
There are suspicions by other employees that Brennan was involved with some shady bettors, and coincidentally one who associated with Brennan, also disappeared a few months before Brennan committed his casino heist. Could he have fled the country and started a new life of riches? “It’s possible” Greenwood claims. The two gamblers could both have been in on it, but we might never know for sure.
According to experts, with current computer technology it would be near impossible to pull off such a heist today. Brennan’s caper earned him a spot on the FBI’s most wanted list, and someone has yet come forth with any information of his whereabouts. Could it have been the perfect crime?
The real Bonnie and Clyde
This casino heist doesn’t involve casino chips, but cold hard cash and an equally impressive Houdini act.
In the morning hours of 1 October 1993, Heather Tallchief, a driver for Loomis Armor Inc., was about to make national headlines. Parking outside Circus Circus Casino at about 8 a.m. just north of Glitter Gulch, Tallchief and her work partners were making the first of what was supposed to be a round of routine money drops for the casino ATMs along the Las Vegas Strip in preparation for the busy weekend of tourists.
The armored truck Tallchief was driving that morning was chockfull of cash, roughly $3.1 million worth.
Loomis-courier Scott Stewart and his partner unloaded the first of the bags of money from the truck with Tallchief scheduled to pick them up 20 minutes later. After 20 minutes had passed Tallchief didn’t show. Instead, she had driven off with the money.
At the time, there was no GPS navigation or way of tracking the missing truck, just a two-way radio that had gone mute – once Las Vegas police and even the FBI got involved, it was apparent what had happened, one of the largest armored vehicle heists in Las Vegas history.
The investigation revealed that Tallchief had not acted alone, her accomplice, 27 years her senior, was a convicted murderer and former inmate, Roberto Solis. All that was left two weeks later was an empty motel room with few clues in Denver and the armored truck in a warehouse in Vegas.
Years went on and the case went cold without a single trace of Tallchief, Solis or the money.
Remarkably, after 12 years on the run, Tallchief turned herself in. After serving 5 years in prison, she claimed that her manipulative boyfriend, Solis, had brainwashed her to do the job. Solis had taken the money and left Tallchief shortly after fleeing to the Netherlands.
Incredibly, he remains at large to this day. Tallchief has since reformed her criminal ways, leading a normal life, but remains one of the few women to have appeared on the F.B.I. Most Wanted List for participating in one of the largest casino related heists in history.
The Biker Bandit
In the early morning hours on a frosty, desert night in December of 2010, Tony Carleo, son of Las Vegas municipal court judge George Assad, armed with a .22 caliber pistol and disguised in a motorcycle helmet boldly walked into the Bellagio Hotel and Casino and robbed its high-limit Craps table of nearly $1.5 million in casino chips.
Carleo’s motorcycle, parked right outside the casino some 200 yards away, was the getaway vehicle, and across Carleo’s chest was a backpack chock full of $1,000, $5,000 and $25,000 Bellagio chips. After managing to escape the casino unharmed, Carleo hopped on his bike, and gunned it down the Flamingo Road with the loot into the desert night.
The casino heist made headlines, and with his identity still a mystery, Carleo became known as “the Biker Bandit” in the media.
Still at large and with police left with few leads to go on, fumbling for clues, Carleo brazenly walked into the Bellagio in street clothes the following day, approaching the very same table he had robbed merely hours earlier; just to play Craps.
In the days that followed while looming around high roller floors, Carleo slowly began exchanging the stolen chips for cash with the casino’s cashiers or simply gambled with them. After days of continuing with this pattern and losing money gambling, Bellagio management decided to comp him (as they do with all of their high players) with a $600-a-night-suite and steak dinners.
It would be months before police caught on to Carleo’s efforts while he literally lived at the very casino he had robbed, gambling and exchanging its stolen money.
Carleo’s downfall came in the form of more than a million dollars of the Bellagio’s $25,000 chips known as “cranberries” that he still had in his possession. He knew that the casino tracked who had won and played with these high denomination chips, and because his were stolen he could not exchange them with the Bellagio’s cashiers.
Through an online gambling forum that discussed the Bellagio casino heist, Carleo was able to get in contact with a man looking to by his $25,000 cranberry chips in exchange for $5,000 ones. By now, Carleo had blown through nearly $500,000 of his other stolen chips and cash from the Bellagio, and was broke and desperate. He took the risk, but police had caught on to his antics. Carleo, the “Biker Bandit” had been captured, and was sentenced to 9 years in a Nevada state prison.
The Ritz Club trio
Back in 2004, the famed Ritz Club and Casino in London’s posh Mayfair district was hit by an elaborate crime involving two Serbian men, a Hungarian woman, and a cellular phone.
The casino is one of the most prestigious in the area, and in one of its private salons, with all of its Edwardian splendor and atmosphere of a by-gone era, a thoroughly modern scam was taking place.
Allegedly, the three individuals participated in a heist using a laser scanner secretly rigged inside of a mobile phone, which was linked to a computer designed to beat the casino’s roulette wheel within the salle privé. This preprogrammed computer could calculate a complicated mathematical formula that would help determine the probability of where a roulette ball would land based on when a croupier released it.
With some large and carefully timed bets, over a period of just a few days the trio managed to rob the casino on multiple occasions.
Scotland Yard described the crime as “extremely complex”, and although they were called in by casino management to apprehend the individuals, police were ultimately unable to provide solid evidence of any wrong doing. They were released and actually given back the money, appearing to have disproved Albert Einstein’s conclusion – that the only way to win on roulette was to pocket the money when the dealer was not looking – walking away with roughly £1.3 million (nearly $2.4 million).
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The $32 million heist and the $12,500 cocktail
In March 2013, at the Crown in Melbourne, Australia, high rolling gambler and millionaire James Manning of New Zealand and an accomplice were involved in a $32 million casino heist, which used the casino’s own security system against itself.
Although no formal charges were brought, the Crown booted the high roller from a deluxe villa, banned him for life, and fired a VIP services manager after management caught on to what had happened.
Manning had been gambling in a private, high stakes card room while an accomplice secretly tapped into a surveillance feed that allowed Manning to know what cards were coming next and how to bet.
Over the course of the night and during a particular “hot streak”, in just eight hands of play, Manning managed to win a staggering $32 million (AUD). This immediately raised the suspicions of casino staff after Manning bet against the odds and won.
The Crown remained quiet on the incident and eventually recouped the losses.
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The honor eventually went to a reluctant Giang Nguyen, another casino high roller and regular at the Crown, who partook in the cocktail event. Records show however that he was paid back the money by the casino while the casino used the hype of the 12K cocktail as a cover up in order to avoid a PR nightmare due to the casino heist. We wonder what 12K tastes like?
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Prison Break is the second heist in GTA Online. It’s a four-player mission that consists of four set-up stages and the finale.The leader’s expenses are 10% of the potential payout, and range from 20 to 50 thousand dollars, depending on the difficulty level. Keep in mind that this amount has to be paid up front, and the leader doesn’t get any return on his investment until the heist has been completed.
The rewards depend on the difficulty level, and are as follows:
- Easy – $200,000
- Normal – $400,000
- Hard – $500,000
The first time you complete the heist you will also unlock the following vehicles: Lampadati Casco
($680K) on the Legendary Motorsport website,
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airplane ($995K) on the Elitas website and Prison Bus
($550K) on Warstock Cache and Carry. Gosu tip: the 5-seater Velum is worth half a million more dollars than a regular Velum, and the only difference is that it has an extra seat! Don’t waste your money on it.
Prison Break – Plane
Your group will be divided into three gunmen and a pilot. Go to McKenzie Airfield to hijack a plane from the Vagos gang. The important things to know here is to not damage the plane and to not get killed. Stay in cover as you dispose of a lot of Vagos gang members that will be arriving in waves via cars. Players usually go into the hangar, where the plane is, and fight from there. Your pilot can attempt to take off early, but you are certain to get shot at by the remaining enemies so it is a risky strategy. It is best to wait until all the enemies are cleared. The pilot will have to fly the plane to the main Los Santos airport to complete the heist.
Prison Break – Bus
Your group will all be a part of the same team. Head out into the Grand Senora Desert, and steal the Bolingbroke Prison Bus that is transporting an important prisoner. A good way to go about this is to shoot the driver as soon as possible (do the same to escort car drivers). Once you’ve stolen the bus, one of the players not driving it has to shoot down a police helicopter. I recommend that the driver stops off the road (so you don’t have many squad cars next to you) and that other players come out and shoot down the helicopter. By driving the bus off road you will lose the cops more easily and then you just have to deliver it at the waypoint.
Prison Break – Station
You will have two teams during this stage: Cargo Ship and Cop Station crews. Each team will have two people on it.
Cargo Ship guide
You will be going to the Port of Los Santos to steal a car from a ship full of Korean gang members, so bring good guns. Once you’ve dealt with the enemies, climb to the top of the container stack and shoot the padlock of the designated container. Inside, you’ll find the Lampadati Casco that is your target. Use it to jump off the ship, then start driving towards the meeting point in the desert. Don’t waste bullets by shooting at your pursuers – they’ll just keep coming until you pass a certain point on the map.
Cop Station guide
You have to steal a police cruiser first. To get one you can either commit crimes to get a wanted level (and get cops to come to you in their cruisers), or just dial 911 on your phone. Once you’ve got it, lose the heat and go to the Mission Row police station. Walk casually in and grab the transport schedule from the first room to the right of the entrance. Get back to the cruiser and take it to the underpass near Lester’s warehouse. All that’s left to be done is douse it in gasoline and set it on fire. Now return to the planning room.
Prison Break – Wet Work
Once again, you’ll be split into two teams – City Hall one and Mansion team.
City Hall Team
Bring your long range weapons (snipers and such)! You’ll need to climb a building across the road from City Hall – there’s a ladder in the back that will allow you to do this – and kill the two lawyers. You need to coordinate with your heist buddy so your shots are simultaneous
. Make sure you use your mics or be quick when you see him shooting. After that’s done, pick up the documents they were carrying and run (you’ll probably have to clear out about two dozen cops in the area first, but you won’t get a 5 star wanted level, which is nice). Once you lose the cops, go back to the apartment.
The other team goes on a stealth mission. You need to go to Richman, sneak into a mansion and assassinate the owner. If any of his guards see you, he’ll try to escape. You can still get him after he starts running, but you need to be fast. The best way to approach this task is by picking off as many guards as you can from the outlook near the mansion, using a silenced sniper. Then switch to silenced pistols and head inside. Once the target is dead, go back to the planning room.
The Prison Break – Finale
You will split into three teams for the Prison Break finale – Demolition, Pilot and Breakout crew (officer and prisoner).
Dressed up as prisoner and prison officer, reach the prison bus you hijacked in the setups and go to the prison. Do not alert the guards. Once inside the prison they will make you out no matter what you do. Start fighting your way up on the roofs and walkways above ground. As you dispose of regular prison guards you will finally reach Rashkovsky in the yard. Before triggering the Rashkovsky cutscene you can have the Demolitions guy provide air support with the Buzzard he stole. Just make sure he stays far from the prison or he’ll get shot down. Special police forces will start attacking after the Rashkovsky cutscene. Move from cover to cover as you kill the oncoming NOOSE special forces. When you clear all the enemies` you can tell your pilot to land near the prison.
The demolitions man will need to steal a prison bus from the Great Chaparral area, killing the driver in the process. Drive it out to the Sandy Shores Airfield and destroy it. After that, go to the far end of the airfield and steal a Buzzard helicopter. You can use it to destroy any Lazer fighter jets that might be pestering your pilot, in case the pilot decided to fly to Sandy Shores before Rashkovsky is rescued. You can also go to the prison and provide covering fire to the breakout team. Make sure you stay far enough from the prison because you’ll get shot down if you get too close. As the breakout is completed and pilot lands near the prison you have to provide covering fire for the airplane. Shoot down any police shoppers in pursuit and follow the airplane as much as you can to provide support.
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As a pilot you need to go to LSIA to pick up the airplane you hijacked in the setup. Fly towards Sandy Shores Airfield and you will get attacked by fighter jets! You can keep flying over Los Santos instead and that should prevent jets from finding you. If you are feeling lucky, go to Sandy Shores and avoid jets by flying in circles and flying under bridges (very tough to do if you do not have max flying and lots of practice) and hopefully the Demolitions guy will help you with his Buzzard helicopter. At the same time, the ground team should be breaking Rashkovsky out of prison. When they do manage to do that, you should go towards the prison and land on the road leading out of the prison so others can join you quickly. Once they do, jets should be called off, but police choppers will go after you. Preform evasive maneuvers and keep climbing towards the drop point.
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Casino Heist Glitch
You’ll get a $100,000 bonus if you manage to do the following tasks:
- Rashkovsky damaged 1% or less
- Extraction in under 4:40
- Nobody gets wasted